I probably should keep a list somewhere of things I do each month. I’m drawing a blank about what things I did or where I went in April. I know I went to a couple of local parks with my daughter to walk and enjoy the unseasonably nice weather. Other than that, I haven’t a clue. If I remember anything, I’ll update this post. I’m sure I did more than just go to classes and doctor’s appointments all month.
- Relational Aesthetics, by Nicolas Bourriaud
- Art and Fear, by Paul Virilio
- The Inner History of Devices, by Sherry Turkle
- The Question Concerning Technology, by Martin Heidegger
- How to Walk, by Thich Nhat Hanh
- Moomim Book One, by Tove Jansson
Most of these books were assigned MFA reading.
I’d heard mixed reviews about the first Mockingjay movie, but I realize now that the people who didn’t like it tended to be those who hadn’t read The Hunger Games books so they didn’t know that the Games weren’t a part of the last book anymore. This third installment was actually my favorite of the three so far.
I watched the movie Interstellar, but wasn’t much of a fan. Sort of uneven. Good moments. And not so good moments. I found it rather unmemorable.
As far as television goes, it’s the usual “I don’t have TV reception so I binge watch old TV shows online” saga. Still working my way through ALL of the Star Trek series. Started with the original Star Trek show and have worked my way through Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and now I’m about halfway into Voyager. Next up, Enterprise, but it’ll be a while before I start with that one since I still have three seasons of Voyager left to watch. I’ve always been a big Star Trek fan, but other than Voyager, I’ve never really watched the shows in order from beginning to end. It’s actually been a very different experience than just catching random episodes as they play on TV as reruns. Much more of a complex interconnected narrative arc from episode to episode and from series to series than I’d realized.
The author, Dodie Bellamy, was a guest lecturer in one of my MFA classes earlier this quarter. Prior to her coming to class, we read a short essay she’d written in which she talked about how she often listened to the Trouble Man soundtrack while washing dishes. (I wrote a short response to her essay: Doing Dishes). I was feeling like I wanted some new music in my life, so I bought the CD and it’s lived in my car’s CD player ever since. When I’m not listening to local and national news, I’m listening to Marvin Gaye these days.
As a project for one of my classes, I hosted a Literary Open Mic at a local coffee shop last Saturday. It was great fun and the coffee shop owner asked if I could do it once a month (so I guess it was a successful experiment). For details about how the activity went, I wrote about it on my other blog:
The woman in the photo is Carol Shaw, one of my fellow MFA students who came to the Open Mic. She’s truly a wonderful poet and I suspect we’ll be hearing (and reading!) lots of great things from her in the future.
We’re nearing the end of the first year of Grad School. It’s gone by so quickly! In last night’s class, we discussed what we need to be doing this month in preparation for choosing our thesis adviser, choosing our thesis topic (!), and planning our electives and directed-readings for next year. I’m hoping to intern for one of my previous professors from my undergrad studies. Fingers crossed! By the time I do May’s update, I’ll probably have my thesis adviser already and maybe have even met with them to plan out my summer and next year. It’s getting exciting!
After realizing earlier this year that a number of my older books were now out-of-print with the previous publishers, I re-acquired my rights to the books and decided to self-publish the titles just so they’d still be available. It’ll be a while before I get all the books redone–my Grad School studies take priority right now.
If you’re curious, you can find my new “publishing” website here:
This month I released two books.
- The Original Simple Mom’s Idea Book: Hints and Hacks for Home and Family
- A Twaddle-Free Education: An Introduction to Charlotte Mason’s Timeless Educational Ideas
The Simple Mom’s Idea Book is a re-release of an older book. New cover, nicer format. Easier access for people (it now comes in both paperback and Kindle formats). A Twaddle-Free Education is brand new! It’s a collection of writings I’ve done over the years about home education and Charlotte Mason (a British educator from the last century).
I’ll be trying to remember to post one of these monthly wrap-ups at the end of each month this year. I’m not really updating this blog regularly right now with all my school-related things going on, so I thought this could be a nice way to keep in touch a little bit more.
Hope everyone’s well! Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you’re out there.